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Review of Christian Quarter

Christian Quarter
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Old Jerusalem Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Ranked #35 of 308 things to do in Jerusalem
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Owner description: The Christian Quarter of Jerusalem's walled Old City holds the most important Christian church, the Holy Sepulchre, and a number of monasteries, archaeological sites, and shrines along the Via Dolorosa.
Wrexham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Was this really the place?”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

The most reveered site, The 'Church of the Holy Seplechle'...If you like a jostling crowd all trying to reach a slab set in the floor,or you're just a simple 'Fratustist'...This is the place for you....Three sites in one...The Annointing Stone ,the place where the Cross was supposed to be, and the resting place of the man himself. And they even have a look a like Jesus, walking about in robes, carrying a Bible. All the Priests have state of the Art Blackberries, who said religion was left in the Dark Ages?..Ask the Priest a question, as in give me your informed opinion on?...Watch him just turn and walk away, if you like getting high on incense then go right inside the Church...Form an orderly que?..Forget it, watch them push and shove to be first...If you're a people watcher like me....well worth the visit....Then sit and think about it....The Cross...The Annointing Stone...The Tomb, within metres of one another, and no Garden.....Surely I'm in the wrong place?

Visited May 2013
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Preston, United Kingdom
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“holy but crowded”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

intersting and very crowded no sign posts can get lost and seeing armed guards unnerving close proximity to Mosques . up and down

Visited April 2013
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Billings, Montana
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“Check out Lithostrotos”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Personally I think that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is overrated. The Garden Tomb location makes a lot more sense for the location of Golgatha and the tomb. Be sure to check out the Christian Quarter and visit Lithostrotos.

Visited April 2013
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“All Christians gathered”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Nice to see different streets of different christian confessions in one and only quarter.
Merchants are muslims and christians.
To me, the Christian Quarter looked cleaner than any other street of the "sook"

Visited March 2013
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“A frequent home”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

It's hard to say where to start. This is the heart of Christianity. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is essential. I know also that it can be quite confusing at first. It would help to make sure you have a Catholic/Christian guide before you go in. The Church is built on centuries of faith tradition and history. Nevertheless, it is essential to see and understand. It contains 2 of the most important sites for Christianity: Calvary & the Tomb of Christ. I recommend going early in the morning before the crowds get there. If you are Catholic, then arrange for Mass at one of the altars (especially if you have a priest in your group). This must be done before you leave home. Also make sure your guide (if you have one) allows you time to spend in prayer. It is much more than just a tourist stop. Go to the Franciscan web site for more information.

Other places in the Christian Quarter include:
the Via Dolorosa (and the museum at the Franciscan Biblicum); the Lithostrotos (the 2nd Station); the Lutheran Church/Tower; the Ethiopian and Coptic churches on the roof of the Holy Sepulchre near the 9th Station; the Armenian Catholic Church at the 3rd Station.

If your interested in shopping for religious articles, there are many stores. If it is important to you, make sure the store owners are Christians. Some of the stores have been bought by others. This is a good place for olive wood articles and icons.

Visited March 2013
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